Robinson Murphy

Robinson MurphyVisiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Joined faculty in 2018

PhD, English, University of Notre Dame
MA, English, Boston College
BA, English and Philosophy, Boston College

Contact Information

451 Pulteney

Scholarly Interest

Global Anglophone Fiction
Environmental Humanities
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Postcolonial Studies

Courses Taught

ENV 400: Capstone ENV 360: Environmental AfrofuturismENV 345: Decolonial EnvironmentalismsENV 202: Environmental HumanitiesENV 110: Global Climate ChangeFSEM 078: Sustainable Living and Learning Community
GSIJ 100: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality and Intersectional Justice (taught through an environmental lens)MGMT 501: Management Strategies for a Changing World (co-taught with Tom Drennen)



Castration Desire: Less Is More in Global Anglophone Fiction . Bloomsbury, 2024.

Recent Journal Articles

“Queer Child, Decolonial Child: Beasts of the Southern Wild Revisited through an Ecocritical Lens.” Journal of Film and Video 75.4 (2023): 32-44.

“The Death-Driven Eco-Ethics of David Lowery’s The Green Knight (2021) and Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! (2017).” Quarterly Review of Film and Video (2023), DOI: 10.1080/10509208.2023.2264147.

“Climate Change and the Death Drive.” Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism (2023), DOI: 10.1080/14688417.2023.2252426.

"Castration Desire: Less Is More in Emma Donoghue’s Room." College Literature 49.1 (2022): 53-79.

"'Pain Comes in Waves': Eroding Bodies in Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 62.5 (2021): 552-563.

“Castration Desire: Less Is More in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.” English Studies 102.6 (2021): 759-777. 

"Trans* Thinking in Irish Television and Film." Journal of Popular Film and Television 49.1 (2021): 52-61.

 "Castration Desire: Less Is More in Ondaatje’s Caravaggio." Forum for Modern Language Studies 55.2 (2019): 187-208. 

Review Essay

“Christianity and Climate Change.” Religion and the Arts 25.3 (2021): 311–326.

Book Manuscript Being Shopped

King of the Kids: A Novel